Versatile Santiago filling in nicely for injured Peavy in Sox’ 4-2 win
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com June 9, 2013 3:56PM
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago pitches to the Oakland Athletics in the first inning in a baseball game in Chicago on Sunday, June 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)
Updated: June 9, 2013 4:06PM
Left-hander Hector Santiago has filled multiple roles for the White Sox pitching staff, and on Sunday he fulfilled the job as starter.
Santiago, who has injured Jake Peavy’s rotation spot for now, earned his second victory of the season and the Sox their second straight over Oakland in a 4-2 final at U.S. Cellular Field.
The victory gave the Sox a split of the four-game series.
Santiago worked 6 1/3 innings and gave up only one earned run -- Coco Crisp’s solo home run in the third.
The A’s scored an unearned run in the seventh when Josh Reddick drew a one-out walk from Santiago, went to third on pinch-hitter John Jaso’s single, then scored when reliever Matt Thornton threw past first baseman Paul Konerko on a pickoff play.
The Sox scored in the third on Tyler Flowers’ sixth home run of the season. They added two in the fourth on three hits, including doubles from Adam Dunn and Gordon Beckham and a single by Konerko.
Alex Rios homered (11th) in the eighth off starter A.J. Griffin (5-5) to add to the Sox lead.
Konerko made history in the game, his 2,115th as a Sox, tying him for second most in franchise history with Nellie Fox.
Santiago (2-4) struck out six and walked three, giving up only four hits.
Matt Lindstrom, Thornton, Jesse Crain and Addison Reed, who earned his 19th save, finished the game.